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This year's story collection includes flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Celeste Ng, Amy Bloom, and many others. Each story is only 200-1,000 words and must contain some mention of a book, bookstore, or library. The results range from hilarious to poignant to downright strange. It's a wonderful mini anthology of the form. This year's story collection includes flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Celeste Ng, Amy Bloom, and many others. Each story is only 200-1,000 words and must contain some mention of a book, bookstore, or library. The results range from hilarious to poignant to downright strange. It's a wonderful mini anthology of the form.


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This year's story collection includes flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Celeste Ng, Amy Bloom, and many others. Each story is only 200-1,000 words and must contain some mention of a book, bookstore, or library. The results range from hilarious to poignant to downright strange. It's a wonderful mini anthology of the form. This year's story collection includes flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Celeste Ng, Amy Bloom, and many others. Each story is only 200-1,000 words and must contain some mention of a book, bookstore, or library. The results range from hilarious to poignant to downright strange. It's a wonderful mini anthology of the form.

30 review for A Book on the Table: Flash Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    Most of these stories are delightful and the ones that aren't are, well, less than 1000 words so really the whole thing goes pretty quickly and if you've got a problem then maybe you need to reconsider your life choices because this is a collection for Independent Bookstore Day and we're all here to celebrate, you know what I'm saying? Most of these stories are delightful and the ones that aren't are, well, less than 1000 words so really the whole thing goes pretty quickly and if you've got a problem then maybe you need to reconsider your life choices because this is a collection for Independent Bookstore Day and we're all here to celebrate, you know what I'm saying?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Michelle Planton

    This was my first experience reading flash fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It didn't hurt that all the stories had a tie into books. This was my first experience reading flash fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It didn't hurt that all the stories had a tie into books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A Book on the Table is a series of short stories created for Independent Bookstore Day 2018. The instructions? Write a story, no more than 1,000 words that had a book, library or bookstore in it - that's it. Overall I enjoyed the stories although the ones that I connected with most: Invisible by Celeste Ng - nice twist in such a short story and I'd like to see her write a novel based on this; Dear Klonopin by Katie Crouch had me laughing from the beginning, I read it again just so I could laugh s A Book on the Table is a series of short stories created for Independent Bookstore Day 2018. The instructions? Write a story, no more than 1,000 words that had a book, library or bookstore in it - that's it. Overall I enjoyed the stories although the ones that I connected with most: Invisible by Celeste Ng - nice twist in such a short story and I'd like to see her write a novel based on this; Dear Klonopin by Katie Crouch had me laughing from the beginning, I read it again just so I could laugh some more; The Passenger by Grant Faulkner, a future book?; Proof by Rumaan Alam, a new author I have to read; Oslo by Amy Bloom - this really needs to be a novel because I need to know what happens; Closing Time by Anthony Horowitz, it's a mystery need I say more?; and Things You Should Know by A.M. Homes which was my favorite. I hope that this could be a new thing that the Independent Bookstore Organizers consider every year - I love the thought of different authors every year giving us their take on this theme. Then maybe 10 years from now turn it into a hardcover or have the authors who had written stories expand their story and sell using the money to help continue promoting IBD.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yifei Men

    Cute little book of flash fiction... read it through in one sitting and honestly don't remember much of it >.< Little quirky stories (200-1000 words, prompt: include a book/bookstore/library)... As with all short short-stories, the worlds they build are a little strange, a little edgy, and a little nice divertisement from the everyday real life. Cute little book of flash fiction... read it through in one sitting and honestly don't remember much of it >.< Little quirky stories (200-1000 words, prompt: include a book/bookstore/library)... As with all short short-stories, the worlds they build are a little strange, a little edgy, and a little nice divertisement from the everyday real life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Published specifically for Independent Bookstore Day, this is a great compilation of 'flash fiction' (between 200-1000 words, only rule was to include a book, library or bookstore in it somewhere). Some familiar authors and some new to me! Published specifically for Independent Bookstore Day, this is a great compilation of 'flash fiction' (between 200-1000 words, only rule was to include a book, library or bookstore in it somewhere). Some familiar authors and some new to me!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    An enjoyable collection of flash fiction from various authors with each story including a book, library, or bookstore somewhere.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Palevski

    A great collection of very short stories written for free for Independent Bookstore Day, 2018

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne Nerison

    This collection of flash fiction was a lovely diversion from the lengthy novels and memoirs I've been trying to work through lately. I picked it up on a whim at an indie bookstore, and was pleased to discover the collection was written for Independent Bookstore Day. Every story in this collection is somehow connected to the lives of books and readers--the only stipulation was that a book, bookstore, writer, etc had to be mentioned somewhere. This makes for a varied collection of flash fiction pi This collection of flash fiction was a lovely diversion from the lengthy novels and memoirs I've been trying to work through lately. I picked it up on a whim at an indie bookstore, and was pleased to discover the collection was written for Independent Bookstore Day. Every story in this collection is somehow connected to the lives of books and readers--the only stipulation was that a book, bookstore, writer, etc had to be mentioned somewhere. This makes for a varied collection of flash fiction pieces, and surprises with every turn of the page.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This year, my birthday landed on Independent Bookstore Day. Our town's last surviving independent bookstore was promoting this little book, which contains a collection of twelve short stories written by various authors. All of the authors are known, but not all were known to me. For my six dollars, I found the series of short stories to be enjoyable. Some of my favorites include "Crazy Glue" by Etgar Keret, "First Date" by Dean Bakopoulis and Alissa Nutting, "The Resident Leopardus Jacobita" by I This year, my birthday landed on Independent Bookstore Day. Our town's last surviving independent bookstore was promoting this little book, which contains a collection of twelve short stories written by various authors. All of the authors are known, but not all were known to me. For my six dollars, I found the series of short stories to be enjoyable. Some of my favorites include "Crazy Glue" by Etgar Keret, "First Date" by Dean Bakopoulis and Alissa Nutting, "The Resident Leopardus Jacobita" by Idea Novey, "The Passenger" by Grant Faulkner, and "Things You Should Know" by A.M. Homes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    KT

    I normally don't read fiction, especially short stories, so this was a nice change of pace. I didn't love all of the stories but the book was like $6 so no harm, no foul. I normally don't read fiction, especially short stories, so this was a nice change of pace. I didn't love all of the stories but the book was like $6 so no harm, no foul.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sosa Coleone

    As I read on and on I came to the conclusion this book is open for business so I exchanged my thoughts with the author your book came for me to turn its pages

  12. 4 out of 5

    K.C. Bratt-Pfotenhauer

  13. 4 out of 5

    PauLeen Rose

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Barry

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Reading Stewardess

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Erin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Finn

  21. 4 out of 5

    Talaya Francis

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Torrie Brink

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nickolas Butler

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Gwena

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 5 out of 5

    Huey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  29. 4 out of 5

    IZZa

  30. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

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